Some agencies lose out on United Way money for the first time

Girl Scouts and the Friendly House came up short

BETTENDORF, Iowa - The United Way of the Quad Cities dished out nearly $3 million to help fund 38 of its local partners to help make a difference in the community. The change comes from a new funding formula.
 
More than $600,000 will go to education and school districts for the first time, but some agencies that received money in the past will not see any this year.
 
Agencies like the Girl Scouts that have been receiving thousands of dollars from the United Way for decades will not see a penny. 
 
However, the Friendly House in Davenport confirms it will no long partner with the United Way in the future because of this.
 
"I think the word that comes to mind is devastation," Girl Scouts CEO Diane Nelson said. 
 
"For us, it was a $158,000 loss, which is significant dollars," Friendly House Executive Director Lorelei Pfautz said. "Eighty percent of my budget is staff so to lose dollars is a direct impact."
 
United Way President Scott Crane said groups getting money haven't been delivering the results they needed for community growth so the United Way changed its method for determining where the money goes. 
 
"What this new system does is allow us to identify those strategies," Crane said. "It allows us to hold agencies accountable that they are, in fact, telling us they're going to move the needle on very specific results and strategies."
 
Crane said the decisions were hard, but fair and were not influenced by anyone.
 
"The superintendents sit on the education council, but they had no role in the funding decisions and I really want that to be clear," Crane said. "We pulled everybody out that had any potential conflict," said Crane.
 
Girl Scout CEO Diane Nelson said although it will be hard to find money to fill the gap, her organization will do what is necessary to for the girls.
 
"It's very hard to know exactly where those new dollars will come from," Nelson said. "We know that we have to go find those dollars because the program is too important not to find the dollars."
 
Meanwhile, Friendly House in Davenport has been partnering with United Way for decades. Executive Director Lorelei Pfautz said she doesn't not know how it will recover without the $158,000 it got last year.
 
"The first thing we have to do is we have to re position ourselves as an agency that is no longer going to have an affiliation with United Way," Pfautz said.
 
The money agencies will receive will be sent out as early as July 1st.

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